A Liberal Operator Runs Against the Brooklyn Machine

On a recent Friday night in the backyard of Pete’s Candy Store, a neighborhood bar in Williamsburg, City Council candidate Evan Thies ate hamburgers and hot dogs with some supporters from the 33rd District’s ubiquitous kickball league. After a few beers, the crowd of 20- and 30-somethings was hushed, and Thies—looking slightly out of place in black slacks, with a white shirt and an emerald tie—stepped forward to speak. “I’m running against a machine,” Thies told the audience. President Obama had brought change to Washington, he said, but “Brooklyn is still a political backwater.” “There are powerful forces at work,” Thies continued, “and even though we have a very good chance of winning, we’re going to have to work harder than any other campaign to get it.

A Liberal Operator Runs Against the Brooklyn Machine